Artistry development & Maneli Jamal

“How do you know when a song is complete?” a fan asked renowned phenomenal guitarist Maneli Jamal.

“Well,” he responded thoughtfully, “They often continue to evolve. At some point I stop and release it. Right Dawn? It must be this way with painting?

Think of this aspect of creative process as developing a garden bed over time, switching plants out, adding new, changing colour, and texture, adjusting for the seasons. It’s a wonderful process of adding, subtracting, expanding, based on experience & growth.

Maneli’s musical stories are based on his extraordinary life experiences. During performances he offers listeners insight how he communicates these stories in his work, enhancing their experience. His unique ability to articulate may be attributed to his deep emotional connection to his craft, and confidence sharing it in raw truthful form with the world.

His music feels both deeply private, and universally connected.

We spoke about the evolution of creativity when he visited the studio last year, discussing similarities in process, and importance of emotional connection in our work.

Viewers often believe a painting is complete in the artists mind, it’s just a matter of ‘getting it out’ one reader suggested. In truth, the painting begins as a deeply emotional experience. The emotional content is then explored in light, colour, contrast, composition later in the studio. A painting is built, grown and matured rather than “popping out of one’s head”.

Readers wonder if painting ideas emerge when I am active outdoors, on my bike or running. It’s a little like asking if one makes their grocery list while meditating.

Sport frees my mind from clutter, allowing me to immerse in the landscape. Physical engagement deepens emotional connection in nature.

Think if it as fertile ground for the garden to grow.



Despite being a star of his magnitude, Maneli is deeply humble and thoughtfully soft spoken. He is gracious in every way, with maturity beyond his years. If you have the opportunity to experience his live performances, you cannot help but be completely transformed. His music resonates, lighting a place deep within the soul.

Maneli’s Website ( with Tour schedule & videos)

Maneli is performing in Toronto this weekend at Jazz Festival.

New Work-

“Water” 60×40 (5ftx3.3ft) oil on canvas $ 5300.oo

“Poppies” 9×12 oil on canvas 9×12 $ 480.oo



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The new blockbuster “Wonder Woman” features incredible images of superhuman abilities.

Creativity, in reality, is one of our amazing superpowers.

Science is proving brains function at a higher level under the influence of art, for both non- creative & creative folk. (Read about benefits of the arts here and here.)

It’s such cool stuff, yet why is fine art considered a luxury item, when science is proving it fuels human development and health?

It’s common knowledge the arts offer emotional connection and new perspectives. In fact, the benefits go well beyond these initial findings.

Creativity itself is woven into nearly every aspect of human existence.

I spoke about the interweaving theory in my presentation “Creativity is our Superpower” at a local school.

“Think of art as cross training,” I said.

Creative tasks can improve math ability, academia function and communication skills. Observational and visualization skills are necessary in sports, communication, science, crime investigation, entertainment fields, and medicine. Technology, innovation, architecture, conservation require artistic influence. Creative vision is found in all design, from running shoes, cars or green energy.

Skills taught in art class are highly transferable. MacGyver likely excelled in art class.

When Peter Mansbridge Wayne Gretzky his views on modern hockey, creativity was the forefront of his response.

“We have lost playing on the pond…using your creativity and using your imagination…It’s become more robotic.”

He makes a worthy point. Creative play & imagination are important for development.

Encouraging creativity in children, infusing their environment with art, we equip them with tools for a better life and better world. Independent creative play allows exploration, adaptability and valuable cognitive function.

Adults, beef up your creative muscle, you boost your brain & well being.

Recognizing the value of the arts we reap benefits from the diverse wealth they offer. Erase barriers that keep us from living a connected creative life.

Embrace the wonders of art and unleash our superpower.


Seeking ways to improve your creativity? Check out my Free Ebook online.


All new work is in various stages of progress, the studio is a beehive of activity!

Anchor Coffee House Walkerville location in Windsor, ON is due to open this week! Enjoy a wonderful cup of coffee, or lemonade with homemade baked goods. You may select a seat with a forest view. :0) “Forest” on display and avail for purchase.

“Sunset Pine” 14 x18 oil on canvas  825$ CAD

“Sunlit Forest” 9×12 oil on canvas 480$

“Pine” 24×36 oil on canvas ( sky is lighter as of this week). 2170$

The Passion Purchase

How did a postal worker and librarian amass one of the largest and most priceless collections of art ever?

The story of Herb and Dorothy Vogel is a hot media topic and sparks investor inquiries. With modest salaries, (Herb’s annual income was 23,000) living in an 850 sq foot NY apartment, their collection worth millions was eventually deemed ‘priceless’.

 So, how did they do it?

Why should you care?

How to buy original art is the most common questions buyers like you ask. With the avenues to purchase original art expanding, from galleries, individual artist websites, art fairs, artist co-op’s, and private dealers, it can be a sea of confusion.

How did Herb and Dorothy do it? An International appraiser’s advice mirrors their actions. “Buy what you love. Art should be a passion purchase.”

“The Vogels only bought work they loved, whether the artist was known or not.”

Herb and Dorothy weren’t art specialists or critics. They never acted under the advisement of a dealer.

They collected with delightful passion. In fact, meeting the artists was an integral part of their process.

 “They communed with artists in the Greenwich Village art scene and never purchased art without a studio or personal visit with the artist, seeking out the artist’s input in an attempt to understand the process behind the works they were both drawn to.

To gain confidence buying what you love, think of the music you collect. It’s unlikely you asked for approval before buying concert tickets and CD collection. You were moved by the music and it enriches your life. Art is the same.

People’s eclectic collections aren’t so strange, what is odd, is that more people don’t buy original work.

Helpful considerations when purchasing original art:

  • Are you emotionally connected (joyful, intrigued, etc)?
  • Does the work show mature brushstrokes and colour palette? Does the artist express commitment to their work? ( ie: a legacy of exhibitions/established website, clear information) Is the artist emotionally connected to their work?
  • Are the persons exhibiting the work (dealer or artist) enthused or bothered?
  • Is the dealer informed on genre/ medium/ info on art & artist beyond the typical? Providing background knowledge of both artist & art expresses interest and commitment to their artist roster.
  •  Is there a documented history when you google the artist/ gallery? Testimonials? An added thought, see if they engage & contribute to their community/ charities.

These considerations will help you to establish value in the work.

Original art tends to recycle, and continue. It’s usually gifted, inherited, auctioned or resold, instead of filling up dumpsters.

Last year news broke that famous works of art were being manipulated overseas, mass printed and sold in big box stores. That print may not be Monet’s but an illegal knock off. In discussion of value, this is a relevant thought to consider. Conscious consumerism is expanding beyond the initial farm to table concept. We have the power and resources to collect wisely, considering, art, artist, venue, ethics and the environment.

Art matters. Herb and Dorothy knew that. They lived their passion, were enriched for it, and in the end, shared it with the world, gifting their entire collection. You can just feel the love.


New work ~ “Evening Light” –  ( barn) 18×36 oil on birch board ~ $2000.00 CAD

“Where the River Meets the Sea” 5ft x 3ft – 4700.00 CAD


Guardians of the Great

 “A feast for the senses and the soul.”— GLOBE AND MAIL  Mystical Landscapes at the AGO…”exploring the mystical experiences of 37 artists from 14 countries, including Emily Carr, Paul Gauguin, Vincent van Gogh, Piet Mondrian, Claude Monet, Edvard Munch, Georgia O’Keeffe and James McNeill Whistler.”

How does an artist experience an exhibit?

Like you, we savor.

Give the painting necessary distance when first viewing. Allow that image to soak in. Then, perhaps, move closer to study brushstroke and palette.

The Ago’s Mystical Landscapes exhibit affected me like none other. It was as thou brushes were reaching thru time and alighting us all in the room. Soulful landscapes dominated the halls. Centuries melted away, the work felt current, startlingly fresh. We were in the company of masterpieces & the masters themselves, with personalities as bold as the work. Forests beckoned and welcomed us under their protective canopies. Sentinels towered, commanding attention. Skies illuminated and sparkled. Walls vibrated. Goosebumps tickled my skin from the wind, my voice stilled in emotional silence.

Two thoughts struck me, as I wandered in awe, drunk on sensation, from hall to hall.

  • I was standing amid some of the most accomplished and celebrated paintings of all time.
  • Someone purchased and preserved the paintings long before fame touched them. Some even risked ridicule from their peers by collecting them.

What are their stories? How many kitchens and living rooms did these paintings grace over the centuries? How many hands have moved them from flat, cottage, or manor, wrapped, packed, opened and gifted these paintings before they arrived here?

Art lovingly cared for thru their lifetime, and left to future generations who would share with the world. Who were the first? The first that fell in love with a starry sky and gave it a home? ( click highlight for video)

They came before the crowds, the fanfare, before a Monet, Carr, or Thomson was a ‘sure thing’.

We have much to thank them for, these early care givers, collectors and believers.

To those who work in the industry; creators, curators, museum staff, gallery owners, collectors who purchase, celebrate, live with, donate, auction, sell, share, we thank you. To the painters, in your quiet studios far from the crowds, have hope.

We can be inspired as much by those who came before us in art, as those who believed in it. The guardians.


Mystical Landscapes was curated by Dr. Katharine Lochnan “After conceiving the idea for Mystical five years ago, Katharine invited 20 experts, largely from the University of Toronto, to explore the very challenging concept of the “mystical.” What is it? Which artists were proponents of it? Which paintings best exemplified its complex character?

As you can imagine, there was no easy answer. Over the years Katharine adeptly stickhandled her way through the debates, encouraging open talk and a constant flow of ideas. What emerged was an intriguing, often moving story about nature and our place in it, together with a new understanding of 50 years of European, Scandinavian and North American landscape. The story and the artwork struck a chord: the exhibition attracted an unprecedented number of visitors to the AGO, sold over 8,000 catalogues, and garnered widespread international attention both for the Gallery and for Katharine.”

From ~AGO Art Matters

” ~ A.Y. Jackson was from Montreal. His work had caught the eye of Lawren Harris and J.E.H. MacDonald as early as 1911; they recognized that he clearly had aspirations in common with the Toronto artists and was frustrated by the reactionary art scene in Montreal. Jackson was lured to Toronto by MacDonald and Harris, then persuaded to stay (he had been toying with the idea of moving to the United States) by means of a similar offer from Dr. MacCallum as was made to Thomson – a promise to buy sufficient paintings to pay for a year’s artistic activity.”From :


~ Bay Shore, 12×36 – now complete  $1000.00 CAD

~ “Where the River Meets the Sea” 5 feet x 3 feet  $4700.00 CAD

Rapt Attention

If it’s available to you, close electronics and your eyes. With awareness of your breath, pair it with the mantra ‘peace’. If chaos exists nearby, say to yourself “I choose to see peace instead of this”.

Be conscious of your senses, the texture of warm clothes against your skin, delight of sunlight on your face, lingering taste of your morning coffee or tea. Be still. Pay attention to what this moment offers you, sounds, scents, feelings, textures.

Take another deep breath and open your eyes.

You create your world with what you pay attention to. Pay attention to the good, you’ll feel better. Pay attention to the bad, and, well… you get it.” Writes Eric Barker. He continues “Via Rapt: Attention and the Focused Life:

All day long, you are selectively paying attention to something, and much more often than you may suspect, you can take charge of this process to good effect. Indeed, your ability to focus on this and suppress that is the key to controlling your experience and, ultimately, your well-beingResearch shows that paying attention to positive feelings literally expands your world. “

Savoring the good things, Eric writes, “is one of the secrets of the happiest people and it’s part of the basis for one of the most effective happiness-boosting techniques.”

In creativity, external observation is combined with mindfulness. Think of it as absorbing life in childlike wonder.

Much of daily anxious stress is a result from thinking of future or past events. Giving pause to recognize positive elements in every day occurrence are crucially important to absorb fully. You will remember the birth of your child and the day you received the big promotion. Savoring small happy details, the flight of a butterfly, smile from a neighbor, hug of a friend, keep one grounded on a daily basis, adding up to major health benefits for long term wellness.

In painting, artists focus on one brushstroke at a time. Thou the act of painting is familiar, but the work itself, is not. While cooking a recipe the mind can wander to ‘next steps’ or the day’s agenda. During a run, it’s motivating to ponder what will emerge in the next mile. Painting unlike other pursuits, requires attention that is absolute. Original concept is developed and re-evaluated upon each brushstroke. In this way, artists can embody laser focus with ability to tune out what doesn’t apply to the immediate momentary act.

It is a process of diverting one’s scattered forces into one powerful channel. (James Allen)

To ease a cluttered mind and restore positive energy, for me, the key is recognizing this very moment will never come again. This enables one to focus and savour life with gratitude at any given moment.~

“Art is not an amusement, nor a distraction, nor is it, as many men maintain, an escape from life. On the contrary, it is a high training of the soul, essential to the soul’s growth, to its unfoldment.” ~Lawren Harris

~ Mountain Light 18×24-  ( shown in daylight and direct light) 1100.00

~ Bay shore 12×36 ( in progress) – 1000.00

Why Nature?

“Landscape artists are a dime a dozen.Why work in the most competitive genre in the world?” an art dealer asked.

  •  Nature is always going to be relevant, and current.
  • It’s non- offensive and excludes no one. Nature art connects to diverse audiences of any age, demographic, religion, culture, & language.
  • It’s versatile &  suitable for every room. Residential, commercial, offices, lobbies, clinics, hospitals, nursing homes, baby nurseries, hotels, restaurants, and schools and public venues all benefit from having nature art on the walls. (My clients share they also use the work as a meditation tool.)
  • Scenery/ Nature art is scientifically proven to have positive impact on wellness, promoting healing physically, mentally, emotionally. (Art of all genres improve academic/ problem solving skills in participants and viewers.)
  • Landscape art requires no guidebook, translation or title to emotionally connect the viewer.
  • Thou trends change, nature art continually appears in art auctions indicating it has longevity and may be a solid investment.
  • It’s home. I have explored many genres with pencil and brush, finding myself most at home in wilderness work. Raised in nature, I understand it’s primitive balm to our souls. Landscape art can be a powerful emotional connection to wilderness, our universal ‘home’. Why not provide this love to a global audience?

If the work is created sincerely, authentically, evolving skill & expertise it will connect to the viewer and find it’s audience, offering delight, healing and inspiration.

All this, from pigment & cloth.

Thou the most competitive genre, I’d say it’s worthwhile.


“Paint horses, they are more marketable, and try to stay away from green.” my Montreal dealer said.

“Focus on flowers, we sell a lot of those.” my Ottawa dealer chirped.

“Tuscan villages would sell, instead of this nature stuff. Villages are trending.” Exhibit attendees.


Sunset Shoreline ~ 18×14 oil on canvas ~ 825.00

Evening Field – 6×8 oil on board – 360.00

( Mountain) – still in progress- 18×24 – 1100.00

Bluebird of Happiness (well, just because). 8×8 oil on canvas 400.00

A Song for All

“I think over again my small adventures, my fears, These small ones that seemed so big. For all the things I had to get and to reach. And yet there is only one great thing. The only thing. To live to see the great day that dawns. And the light that fills the world.” Inuit Song. ~ “Letters” by Robert Genn Pg. 588.

~ New~  “Moon” 14×18 original oil on canvas ~ $ 825.00

Original Charcoal drawing NFS.


Humility and a Bonfire

“Art, because it’s so easy to do, yet so difficult to do well, encourages humility in the human soul. “Robert Genn.~

“I am reaching for the unknown in a deep dark vastness, unable to see, grasping at thin air”.

However obscure, my dear Artist friend Julia Hargreaves knew exactly what I was talking about. Lately paintings are gathering in the trash bin during my quest for improvement & discovery.

Ironically, a lovely crowd swarmed my studio two weeks ago whispering comments of how wonderful it would be to have natural talent like this. My mind drifted to the stack of art wreckage hidden beneath the stairs.

General belief is artists struggle with failure until they reach their creative holy grail, then sail smoothly in the sea of success, mastery now held tight within their clasp.

One might as easily grasp the wind.

Within this myth we underestimate the value of failure in process, and it’s continuum in art.

Edison succeeded inventing the light bulb after 10,000 trials. In some ways, originality in art requires invention of a new kind of light bulb every day. Failure is part of the process, even for the masters.

The Water Lily series are among the greatest accomplishments in art history. Created late in his highly successful career, Monet was a veteran master. Yet, during the decade of creation, he destroyed 300 water lily paintings in the process.

Artists recognize failing isn’t a character flaw.

Dwelling on failure as a personal deficiency only prohibits problem solving. Pride stalls growth.

This doesn’t mean artists are happy about failing. Monet stomped his clogged feet thru canvas’s that didn’t make the cut.

Understanding mistakes will arise in the lifelong journey enables true creative risk. You pull up your sleeves and dig in, because art is hard work, riddled with uncontrollable variables.

Acceptance of our humanness, and not mediocre work, allows creative maturity to develop amid the valleys.

We all face a version of the deep abyss during worthy pursuits.

Failure is a cog in the wheel of progress. Trading pride for humility illuminates possibility.

Venture on, friends. Venture on.


“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work. Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration. Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work. Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.” Thomas Edison

“I tell myself that anyone who says he has finished a canvas is terribly arrogant. Finished means complete, perfect, and I toil away without making any progress, searching, fumbling around, without achieving anything much.” Claude Monet (1893); as quoted in: David W. Galenson (2009), Painting outside the Lines.

P.S. Artists may prefer cathartic release with fire. Michelangelo incinerated working sketches in a barrel outside his studio door. Robert Genn culled work late in life with a backyard bonfire.


Canoe 3 ~ 6 x8in oil  $ 360.00

Shore ~  8 x10 in oil on board eraser painting $ 455.00

Forest Light  ~ 18×24 in oil on canvas $  1100.00

Sunlight- Sold ~ happy client above.


The Architect


A massive painting teaming with tangerine fish.

He was envisioning art for a wall yet to built.

The home’s foundation hadn’t even been poured.

For a man whose mind swims with incredible visual depth, it isn’t surprising he imagined the entire project in completion.

The founder of Sho-Arc Bureau of Architecture, Michael Shocrylas, well versed in visualizing future projects, has the heart & mind of an artist.

As a child he drew “always and everywhere with abandon.” He built things from scraps, drawn to colour & form.

Birds were a favourite for their smooth silhouette contrasting with intricate detail when studied closely. “A red tailed hawk drawing for my school vice principal was my first paid commission.”

Today, he remains compelled by artistic pursuits.

“My spare time is taken up by research. I have an constant need to learn and see as much as I can so that I can somehow unlock ideas or find the artistic language for my thoughts.”

Sho- Arc’s stunning portfolio is as inspiring as it’s foreseeing principal architect. Original designs host clean lines integrating natural wood & stone elements. One is struck by the impression of grandeur without being oppressive. Unique transitions invite the outdoors to meld with the space.

“They are the connection that I seek in every space. I am very connected to our environment and I follow a long tradition of modernism seeking to frame vistas, light our spaces naturally and remain connected to our natural environment. I design my landscapes to be as loose and natural as possible with a nudge to establish outdoor rooms.”

Versatility in projects comes to the forefront when perusing Sho-Arc’s portfolio, which includes an equestrian training facility.

His diverse career path includes movie set designer. When asked about the Oscar his team won for the movie “Chicago”, he wrote ”I was a part of the large team of brilliant people that achieved this highest recognition from their peers in the industry.”

I wondered if working in motion picture set design influences his work today.

”It exposed ego interior design as it relates to real life and how exteriors are an integral part of the design as an experience. I continue to see all of my work as a narrative whether in artistic or mathematical terms. As I curate the art and interiors for my clients and the houses I design for them, I imagine a different scenario each time and how I would like to live in a particular space or residence.”

He continues “I would like to think that my work can be recognized but only for its custom approach and solution unique to the client.”

It’s the clients Shocrylas fondly refers to the most.

“I find that a great client is the most engaging aspect of what I experience on a daily basis, one that loves great design and pushes me and encourages me to stretch my abilities.”

“The reward is in the planning and success in the result.”

It’s client respect and connection to nature where Shocrylas and I first found common ground.

Michael had been on a lengthy search for art with right fit for a specific project when he discovered my work.

“I found your painting of trees and landscape on a post from a film colleague. It was in passing, scrolling by but I stopped immediately when I saw the color and use of space and form.

It was clearly the vision of our indigenous wilderness and the drama in brush work and use of color in your expression.”

Design is not limited to aesthetic sense.

In reality, design in architecture & art can encompass form, function, and beauty. It can orchestrate collective experience, literally influencing emotions, behaviour and how we function in a space.

We live with art, interact and engage, even unconsciously to an astounding degree scientists are just discovering. It’s also true for the spaces we dwell in.

~Who could be so lucky? Who comes to a lake for water and sees the reflection of moon. ~ Rumi

Great design will invite, inspire, awe, as well as serve function.

Art can act as a conduit with elements in a room creating cohesiveness enhancing occupants experience. Art can be an active participant in dwellings and we can use this knowledge to our advantage.

It’s with this knowledge that I created the Commission painting that would be installed within Michael’s design.

I made deliberate choices to create a dynamic piece, that will literally, interact and blossom within it’s space. (click here and here to read further on the commission project & see it’s development)

It was an absolute joy to work with Michael, who emulates sincere enthusiasm and inspires creativity in every conversation.

Weeks after the installation was complete he shared his early vision for the first time.

“Gazing at the painting I remembered the koi. It’s incredible we both envisioned a fiery palette filled with movement”.

-“Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.” Einstein

~ Note: At Calgary’s Mount Royal University, Shocrylas shares his expertise teaching sustainable home, perspective drawing for interiors and 3D design.

“Teaching,” he says, “keeps me engaged with the emerging talent in the city and allows me to talk for hours about the aspects of design work that I enjoy most!”

Beautiful View

Humans have a designated ‘beautiful view’ part of the brain.

Dr. Esther Sternberg author of “Healing spaces, the Science of Place & Well Being” explains this amazing fact here.

This special part of our brains is also rich in anti- pain molecules & endorphins.

Witnessing beautiful views not only gives pleasure, it increases our immunity.

Watch Sternberg’s powerful TEDX talk here. She makes a strong case for the impact of nature and our health.

Dr. Sternberg suggests we need to pay more mindful attention to our spaces. Thou environmental psychology isn’t new, it’s in the midst of a resurgence.

“Environmental psychology is oriented towards influencing the work of design professionals (architects, engineers, interior designers, urban planners, etc.) and thereby improving the human environment.” Wikipedia

With North Americans spending nearly 90% of our lives indoors, scientists and specialists are studying how behaviour is influenced by interior surroundings with particular attention to our health & wellbeing.

American Institute of Architects recently launched an initiative. “Design & Health Initiative” goal is to bring these / principals of health, peoples health at the forefront of all architectural design & urban design.

Dak Kopec, is the Director for Design for Human Health at Boston Architectural college. The program is innovative, because it’s the “first US credited design degree focusing on optimum human health”

This concept is observed in Canada too.

“We can merge what we are doing in science & help with design, to help people heal, be more productive, and to prevent disease.” Dr. Sternberg says. “We can integrate these systems & apply it, because science has proven it, “she continues.

Our physical environment impacts us consciously and unconsciously, in dramatic ways.

Advertisers know this very well.

Marketing companies spend billions sourcing what makes us linger longer in a grocery aisle, dial for a pizza, or adventure away to Newfoundland.

Visuals, scents, language, colour, pattern and sound may all be used to entice, influence mood and social behaviour.

Similar to these studies, scientists are discovering some amazing facts about artwork in our surroundings.

Truly remarkable results of exposure to artwork includes random acts of kindness, wounds healing faster, influencing our diets, increase of endurance and problem solving skills.

Nature art offers the most positive health influence. Why? We are hardwired to react positively to nature.

With behavior dramatically influenced by surroundings, doesn’t it make sense to apply this knowledge to our homes, offices, clinics, hospitals, lobbies to create positive well being?

Simple ways we can alter our spaces to increase productivity, health & wellness, is to introduce plants, colour, tactile experiences in fabrics & furniture, calming scents, visual imagery, and increase natural light. If a garden view isn’t possible, spark the BV ( Beautiful View) part of the brain with nature art. Science says so. :0)

PS~  Common thought that interior design was for esthetic purposes only, more firms are now recognizing the important factor of clients whole well being influenced by elements in the space.

You pass by that picture in the hallway thousands of times. In what way are you routinely consciously or unconsciously affected?


Experimenting with new tools these days, including erasers. Loving the idea of using a tool for it’s opposite purpose & the emotional impact of these free form paintings. The smaller new work you see above are completed with erasers.

I am continuing to developing new colour palettes in replicating sunlight. The new Canoe painting was infused today with more light, overall cohesive colour, and toning down of pattern. I am most pleased! All work is available for purchase, please email me for details. Thank you!